Agriculture is the most important sector for the development of Mozambique’s economy: 70% of the population lives in rural areas and 75% depends on agriculture for its livelihood. According to the experts from the FAO, “the country has the potential not only to become self-sufficient in food production but also to become a regional food exporter”. Smallholder farmers account for 95% of Mozambique’s agricultural production. Most of them depend on vegetables and fruits as their main source of basic nutrients. These products have to be consumed or sold in the market right after harvesting to prevent waste. This means lots of food is thrown away and famine takes over if they are not conserved for the dry season. One simple yet powerful climate friendly solution are solar tunnels. These tunnels are bamboo structures with a cemented floor that allow farmers to dry out food within hours and store those products until the dry season arrives or the market prices have risen. Thanks to the German Wisions initiative and ADPP Mozambique’s Farmers’ Clubs program, the districts of Ancuabe, Pemba Metuge, Meluco, Quissanga and Mocimia in the province of Cabo Delgado have six solar dryers since the beginning of 2013.
Yuanyang is one of the poorest areas in China, where, according to the World Bank, around 150 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 per day, most of them dwelling in rural areas.
Richard’s life was never easy. But when he found himself roaming around the streets of Lusaka, Zambia sniffing glue, smoking dagga and sleeping in dirty drain tunnels, he thought he would never get out of there. Until DAPP Children’s Town welfare outreach officer, Elizabeth Kandunda, met him.
Mountain lovers affirm that whether to tackle large business projects or to climb high peaks, the skills you need remain the same: staying calm, being focused and taking daily steps to reach small goals before facing big obstacles. This is the way that the Practical and Theoretical School for youth in Angola understands education.
Last year Takahito Mizokami changed his busy life as a student in Tokyo for a quieter and very different existence in the north-east of Brazil, the country’s poorest and least developed region. His daily tasks now involve working with people in Humana People to People Brazil’s projects, organizing cleaning actions and turning neglected spaces into safe playgrounds; assisting families in cultivating organic gardens for their own consumption and for selling their products at local markets, or teaching English to children.